Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012 6:42:59 AM
“The Last Samurai” is a movie about Nathan Algren, a young man that was a leader in the Battle of Little Bighorn. These battles caused him to witness and be a part of the decimation of hundreds of Native Americans. The trauma from the innocent blood shed led to his addiction towards alcohol, but years later, he was sent to Japan to teach the amateur Japanese soldiers to fight the remaining samurai. Even though Nathan trained the soldiers, they were unprepared to enter war, but the Japanese officials believed otherwise. They go to war with the samurai and lose, leading to Nathan’s capture. As he arrives at the samurai village, he learns of their culture through the samurai’s leader, Katsumoto, and instead of wanting to destroy it, learns to love and accept their way of live, and even fights to protect it, by becoming a samurai.
When I watched this movie back in the fourth grade, I cried at the how the samurai fought so valiantly, but were still destroyed by the new guns the Japanese soldiers had. Even though the samurai lost the battle, they won the war, as the emperor changed his heart to not replace the samurai way, but to integrate it into modern society.
This section of the movie taught me that no matter the situation, through hard-work and courage, miracles can take place. When the samurais knew they were going to be defeated by artillery, they did not give up. They used their intellect to take out as many Japanese soldiers as possible, but it still ended with all of the samurai dying except for Nathan. As Katsumoto laid there dying, he told his last, powerful words to Nathan to give to the emperor. Through his death, the emperor was able to see what was truly correct was Japan.
On the other hand, the emperor’s right hand man, Omura, was a greedy man that wanted to modernize Japan in an immoral way. Through him, I was able to witness the destructive instincts of humans. When the war between soldiers and samurai took place, even though the samurais were dying quickly, instead of allowing them to surrender, he continue to order the soldiers to keep killing the samurai, to rid them off the face of the planet.
This movie has taught me that the impossible is just improbable, and that one should continue to strive to reach their goals. When you strive forward to do the impossible, an unexpected outcome can take place. Also, what is the worst that can happen?